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TiminCalifornia

TiminCalifornia

Joined November 2020

Books, Rescue Cats, Spanish Galgos, 🏳️‍🌈 https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/11970409-timincalifornia
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Greenland: A Novel by David Santos Donaldson
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Modern Nature | Derek Jarman
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I will be thinking about this one for a long time. Didn‘t know much about Jarman‘s body of work when I started. Streamed “The Garden” and investigated more online. Diary of a humble, gentle, creative, much loved man.

#queerbookbox

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This Poison Heart | Kalynn Bayron
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I really enjoyed this #YAFantasy from #QueerBookBox. A real mystery and good page turner. The MC was likable and relatable I remember a stage where I was ‘between friends‘ as I developed different interests from my childhood friend group and hadn‘t made new connections yet. It‘s lonely. Also the hyper-awareness that your parents are struggling financially is stressful. Ending here was rushed but still a pick for me.

#bookspin for January.

Suet624 You just brought back a whole bunch of memories from my teen years. 😳 3d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! This one is on my TBR - I got it via OwlCrate last year!! 3d
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#BlitsyThisOrThat
#Blitsy

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Mehso-so

This book was all over the place. Only a slice on this interesting man‘s life. A very large part covers the history of criminality of homosexuality in England up through and including this century. Long chapters on Havelock Ellis‘ writing and influence on public views of homosexuality. The author wanted to provide context for the reader for Carpenter‘s life but his life and personality got lost along the way.

#netgalley
#queer
#nonfiction

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Sisters in Arms: A Novel | Kaia Alderson
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I got to open this amazing package of goodies today for #LittleChristmasSwap #LCS. Thank you, @BookBosomed1 - everything is delightful and I can‘t wait to delve into the books and the treats!

BookBosomed1 Yea! I look forward to hearing what you think of Sisters in Arms. It‘s on my TBR. 2w
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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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318 points this week for #MistletoeManiacs in #WinterGames2021
#bookspinbingo
#WinterCosy

Tagging my favorite book in December and one of my favorites of all time. Dickens was such an observer of humanity.

bthegood I have yet to find a version of A Christmas Carol that I don't like - happy new year Tim 🌟 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fabulous month!!! 2w
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I‘ve been on this group a little more than a year and Litsy has been a highlight of 2021. Thank you, All, for your reviews, blurbs and quotes. They often brighten my day and expand my horizons. I have discovered MANY new books based on Litten recs, including the tagged one.

5 stars for this one which I #audiobooked. Author and narrator were warm and straightforward-great combination. Finished a couple days ago, one of my last reads this year.

Megabooks 🎉🎉🎉 happy new year! 2w
Leftcoastzen Happy New Year ! Glad you are here! 2w
CarolynM Happy New Year 2w
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Gissy Amazing!📚📚📚👏👏👏👏 2w
bthegood Thank you - and happy new year - 🌟 2w
Reggie Happy New Year! 2w
Suet624 Happy New Year. Litsy has been a saving grace for me over the last 5 years. I'm so glad you love it as much as I do. 2w
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Excellent adaptation to a graphic novel. Macy retains the Victorian era language. Coupled with his drawings, the story takes on a modern feel in a historical setting. The reader remains aware of the times in which this daring story of homosexual love was written. I can only imagine the illicit thrill of penning Teleny in the 1890s; it edges beyond the erotic to pornographic even by today's standards.

My completed #LGBTQBookBingo2021 board! ⬇️

TiminCalifornia Holiday Setting: A Christmas Outing - Jonathan Hill

Graphic Novel: Teleny & Camille - Jon Macy

BIPOC Author: Every Body Looking - Candice Iloh

Asexual or Aromantic Character: Rick - Alex Gino

Friend to Lover: Exciting Times - Naoise Dolan

Picture Book: Red Rock Baby Candy - Shira Spector

Set in Space: Winter‘s Orbit - Everina Maxwell ⬇️
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TiminCalifornia Own Voices: Memorial - Bryan Washington

Published in 2021: 100 Boyfriends - Brontez Purnell

Non-binary author: Maia Kobabe‘s Gender Queer

Published before 2020: Larry Kramer‘s The Natural Heart

Coming out story or scene: I Have Something To Tell You by Chasten Buttigieg

Local Author: 99 Erics by Julia Serano

Coming of Age: Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown ⬇️
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TiminCalifornia Poetry or Novel in Verse: The Black Flamingo – Dean Atta

Read During Pride Month: Every Man Wants to Know – Nina Bouraoui

F/F Romance: The Price of Salt – Patricia Highsmith

Trans Author: Little Fish – Casey Plett ⬇️
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TiminCalifornia Free Spot: ManBug - George Ilsley

Nonfiction: Lost Prophet, The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin

No Love Interest: Trans Medicine - Stef Shuster

M/M Romance: Red, White & Royal Blue - Casey McQuiston

Fantasy: Future Feeling - Joss Lake

Memoir: All Boys Aren‘t Blue - George M. Johnson

YA: Pet - Akwaeke Emezi
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Reggie Wow! Great job! 2w
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A Christmas Memory | Truman Capote
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I need to put this short story in my regular reading rotation around Christmas. Capote engages all the senses as a young boy and his grandmother, best friends, make fruitcake and other Christmas preparations. This book has all the cosy feelings and a little melancholy too-which honestly can be part of Christmas as one grows older, with less wide-eyed innocence.

#WinterGames2021
#MistletoeManiacs
#WinterCosy

Cathythoughts I received this one for Christmas..... I‘m looking forward to reading ❤️💔 Capote 💔 3w
plemmdog There‘s an actor in Nashville who used to recite the whole thing from memory every Christmas. It was amazing. He had a bit role on the TV show Nashville 3w
SteveWJones I have a signed copy of this book, and you‘ve reminded me that I need to be sure I know where it is in my house. 😂 1w
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I‘m ready for #BookspinBingo in 2022!

#Bookspin
#Doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I really loved Project Hail Mary, so I'll be interested to hear your thoughts!! 3w
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102 points this week for #WinterGames2021. Only 2 books read but got one bingo.

#MistletoeManiacs
#BookspinBingo

Gissy I like this!😍📚📚📚❤️❤️❤️ 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
Clwojick Amazing! Great job! 3w
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Merry Christmas, Alex Cross | James Patterson
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This was fine-read it on a plane over Xmas holidays. Not Patterson‘s best but still a good crime and intrigue read. The MC and his family must reconcile the unsavory and unsafe nature of his work which pulls him away from his family Christmas gathering. Raises real issues of choices we make around prioritizing work over family and balancing individual sacrifices for the greater good of society.

#Wintergames2021
#MistletoeManiacs

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This wasn‘t quite a Christmas book. Fairies, pixies, elves, other mystical beings are willing to make themselves visible to a young boy whose birthday is Christmas Day. He and his father travel in England and Europe. At each locale he hears a new story from the local sprite. I became bored with the stories which had no point or moral to them that I could see. Adult themes would bore a child even more then me.

#MistletoeManiacs
#Wintergames2021

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Project Hail Mary | Weir Andy
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An excellent choice-both the book and the chocolates! Thank you @ncsufoxes for a wonderful gift! I plan to sample the “bold, silky, dark” chocolate at the earliest respectable hour this morning.

#JolabokaflodSwap

ncsufoxes Happy that you liked it. I was going to get you “Childhood Disrupted” since my research is on ACEs but didn‘t feel that it was a real Christmasy book. Enjoy & Happy Holidays! 4w
TiminCalifornia @ncsufoxes That would be an interesting research topic. I have had this book on my TBR shelf for a year and was psyched to open my gift and see it! Will be a good winter read. 3w
kamoorephoto I STILL need to read this one too!! 3w
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Five Days Left | Julie Lawson Timmer
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Mine is not the tagged book. Re-read this slender volume for #WinterGames2021. First time I noticed that the Foreword says it‘s “quite possible” the traditions “mentioned here will not be recognized by natives of those countries.” Now I wonder how much is pure fabrication! At a guess, published in ‘30s or ‘40s.

#MistletoeManiacs

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An easy read on history of common Christmas practices in America, from cards to trees to nativity scenes. The historical facts felt accurate but curated and I wasn't sure if the history on the cutting room floor was for length or if facts didn't align with the underlying message. The publisher strove to make all traditions relevant and “OK“ for modern Christians, even those traditions with a pagan past.

#wintergames2021
#mistletoemaniacs

kamoorephoto I just love the kitties 😸 3w
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A Versailles Christmas-tide | Mary Stuart Boyd
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A English couple learn their son has scarlet fever and cannot travel home for Christmas and so travel to his boarding school in Versailles, France. Loved this little book so much. Written in the style of W. G. Sebald though it pre-dates Sebald by a good 85 years. Master class in observation and description of life in 1900 Versailles over a number of weeks. No plot. No characters. Just scenes of life.

#WinterGames
#MistletoeManiacs
#WinterCosy

bnp Sounds awesome. 1mo
TiminCalifornia @bnp judging from the goodreads reviews it‘s not to everyone‘s taste but I liked the good natured narration and window into the world at the turn of the last century. 1mo
jlhammar Definitely sounds like something I would like. Being public domain, looks like there is a free audio version on LibriVox if anyone is interested. I‘m going to try to track down a copy with the illustrations. 1mo
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My #LittleChristmasSwap #LCS package arrived. Looking forward to opening day! Thank you @BookBosomed1

BookBosomed1 Yea! Glad it reached you. 1mo
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This was a miss for me. There were way too many characters, especially for audiobook version. The story moved so slowly with a lot of filler, introducing one person after another who emerges as a “suspect” and is then eliminated. Felt repetitive. Christmas vibe only at the very end.

#WinterGames
#MistletoeManiacs
#WinterCosy

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Touch of Mistletoe | Barbara Comyns
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An annual re-read! I missed it on TV this year, I think. And the TV special from the ‘60s is best but the book is good too.

#WinterGames
#MistletoeManiacs
#WinterCosy

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Didn‘t get photos of the packages but both #LittleChristmasSwap and #JolabokaflodSwap went out today!

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Published 5 years after A Christmas Carol, this is a disappointing addition to Dickens‘ Christmas franchise. It‘s fine but in no way measures up to the splendor, adventure and pathos of his most well known Christmas story. Dickens has an eye for detail when writing people even when the story is a bit weak.

#WinterGames
#MistletoeManiacs
#WinterCosy

PuddleJumper Didn't know he wrote another Christmasy one! Interesting 1mo
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The Joy of a Peanuts Christmas | Charles Monroe Schulz
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Always a trip down memory lane to read this at Christmas time. Snoopy is my favorite Peanut character always and forever. Reading this year it feels like an anecdote for cynicism; I need to be mindful not to be discouraged by the world. Grateful for the Litsy community for that too!

#WinterGames
#MistletoeManiacs
#BookspinBingo
#WinterCosy

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Gift of the Magi | O. Henry
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Once I was into the story, I realized I had read it before. A classic tale in its own way. A young, well intentioned couple learn the hard way how much they love one another. And maybe plan to better communicate in the future?

#WinterGames
#MistletoeManiacs
#BookspinBingo
#WinterCosy

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Meant to be humorous but just a sadly boring story about unlikeable people in mid-19th century London. Jokes relied on puns and double entendres, for example:

“…and a biffin, like a pincushion, had the flavour of bran—probably it was bran-new.”

Maybe this was resurrected for the quality of the illustrations as I understand the author primarily was known for that, however my e-copy was text only.

#WinterGames2021
#MistletoeManiacs
#WinterCosy

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Got the tree trimmed last night!

December 1-5 total: 214
#MistletoeManiacs
#WinterGames2021

Clwojick Pretty! I love that it‘s right in front of your window ❤️ And great job during week one! 🥳 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💚🎄❤️ 1mo
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A 1920 book downloaded from Gutenberg.org

One of my favorite lines in the book was his description of the wise men - a particularly apt one for our current time:

"Their science did not kill their religion, and their religion did not strangle their science."

#WinterGames2021
#MistletoeManiacs
#Bookspin for December
#WinterCosy

bthegood love this quote - thank you 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 1mo
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In a Holidaze | Christina Lauren
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#Audiobook for the #MistletoeManiacs team read. Rom-com is not a genre I read much and I groaned when I got to a plot device I didn't think I'd like. But I ended up enjoying this book a lot. A great message about the importance of personal happiness and that being true to your authentic self enhances familial relationships and bonds. Loved the outdoor/cabin/Christmas setting.

#WinterGames2021

candc320 I‘m about halfway through this book and feel the same way! I never read rom coms but I‘m really enjoying this one and it‘s messages. 1mo
Clwojick Happy to hear you enjoyed it! ❤️ 1mo
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My #jolabokaflodSwap package arrived today. The anticipation is part of the fun! Thank you, @ncsufoxes!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💚🎄❤️ 1mo
ncsufoxes Happy it arrived safely & early too! 1mo
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A Christmas Outing by Jonathan Hill

Humorous coming-out tale that's packed with truth too; we're privy to David's imagination of all the ways his news could play out and all the crazy-making internal assessments in picking the exact right moment to initiate the topic. Hill is best as an author of literary works but he proves here that he can bring the funny too.

#WinterGames2021
#MistletoeManiacs
#WinterCosy
#AVeryMerryReadathon

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TheSpineView 👍📖📚 1mo
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The Romance of a Christmas Card | Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
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Charming 1916 novella. Heavy on traditional gender roles for the time but the relationships mostly reflected a mutual respect. The reverend and his wife were on obvious equal footing. Interesting to find a minor character with postpartum depression. The doctor was matter-of-fact about it as a not uncommon condition though of course there was no such label.

#doublespin
#bookspinbingo
#wintercosy
#wintergames2021
#MistleToeManiacs

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Just shy of a bingo. Read a variety of genres in November. Now clearing the deck for #WinterGames2021 and Christmas reading throughout December!

#bookspin
#doublespin
#bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!!! 2mo
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Exciting Times | Naoise Dolan
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#LGBTQ2021 #LGBTQBookBingo2021 #queer

On track to complete the board by year end!

BIPOC Author: Every Body Looking - Candice Iloh

Asexual or Aromantic Character: Rick - Alex Gino

Friend to Lover: Exciting Times - Naoise Dolan

Picture Book: Red Rock Baby Candy - Shira Spector

Set in Space: Winter‘s Orbit - Everina Maxwell ⬇️

TiminCalifornia Free Spot: ManBug - George Ilsley

Nonfiction: Lost Prophet, The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin

No Love Interest: Trans Medicine - Stef Shuster

M/M Romance: Red, White & Royal Blue - Casey McQuiston

Fantasy: Future Feeling - Joss Lake

Memoir: All Boys Aren‘t Blue - George M. Johnson

YA: Pet - Akwaeke Emezi ⬇️
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TiminCalifornia Own Voices: Memorial - Bryan Washington

Published in 2021: 100 Boyfriends - Brontez Purnell

Non-binary author: Maia Kobabe‘s Gender Queer

Published before 2020: Larry Kramer‘s The Natural Heart

Coming out story or scene: I Have Something To Tell You by Chasten Buttigieg

Local Author: 99 Erics by Julia Serano

Coming of Age: Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown ⬇️
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Poetry or Novel in Verse: The Black Flamingo – Dean Atta

Read During Pride Month: Every Man Wants to Know – Nina Bouraoui

F/F Romance: The Price of Salt – Patricia Highsmith

Trans Author: Little Fish – Casey Plett
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Suet624 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Reggie That‘s pretty awesome! 2mo
Kenyazero Very excited to see you finish the blackout bingo! 🙌 2mo
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#CassiNova | Lori G. Matthews
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Written as if this is 2nd or 3rd in a series and the reader already knows the 2 MCs. No backstory whatsoever. If you like your books to include a lot of sex between two conventionally attractive women then #CassiNova is the book for you (for me as a gay guy, not so much.) Sex is interspersed with conversations about their desire for sex. The dialogue is funny and sharp and saves the book from being a total miss. LGBTQ+ bookclub read.

#bookspin

Reggie Is the whole bookclub about reading lgbtq+ books or is this just the pick for the month? It‘s pretty cool either way. This past year I was in a 4 month group where we picked queer books and 3 out of 4 of us were queer. It was just real nice. I forgot what that was like. 2mo
TiminCalifornia @Reggie it‘s a bookclub through the local pride center so every month is a queer book and/or author. Good diversity in genders and ages in the club so we end up with a variety of books and interests. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2mo
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Christmas Carol | Charles Wheatcroft Dickens
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This collage and the tagged book comprise my TBR December list.

#WinterGames
#MistletoeManiacs
#BookspinBingo
#AVeryMerryReadathon
#WinterCosy

PuddleJumper Very festive! 2mo
Clwojick Awesome list! ❤️💚❤️💚 2mo
Suet624 Nice! 2mo
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2mo
AbigailJaneBlog ❤💚 2mo
ckittle019 Just read ‘In a Holidaze‘ last week. I love everything by Christina Lauren, enjoy! 2mo
TheSpineView Great choices! ❤📖💚🎄❤📚💚 2mo
guinsgirlreads This is great!! 2mo
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An enjoyable fantasy adventure here. Medieval-esque world with magical elements. The battle scenes between tribal factions were really well done. Most of the tension was around the marriage prospects of the MC, a 18 year old who unexpectedly ascends to queen. Depending on your perspective this amounted to political or romantic conflict. This book is heavily populated and would benefit from a list of characters at the beginning. Worth checking out!

johncadams Thank you! 2mo
TiminCalifornia @johncadams It was an immersive reading experience-and impressive world building! 2mo
johncadams @TiminCalifornia I am very glad you enjoyed it. 2mo
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They lay beneath perfect rows of white graves that lined lush green lawns.

#FirstLineFridays

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Rick | Alex Gino
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This was good. This author seems to write at a level that would resonate with middle schoolers if I recall myself at that age. The conflicts and questions 11 year old Rick is facing are real and respected, never minimized by the author. When it comes to gender and sexual identity the younger generations are leading the way yet still are learning. TV can give us overly mature, confident kids but Gino‘s kids feel authentic, the kid next door.

Scochrane26 I loved George, will have to read this one. 2mo
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Gortah van Murkar stood on his battlements at Zwaarstad and stared across the plains towards the port at Havenstad.

#firstlinefridays

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Enemy at the Gates | Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
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Fast and fun political thriller. First I've read from Kyle Mills who picked up the Mitch Rapp series after Vince Flynn's untimely death. An easy read and Mills manages to incorporate the current U.S. political divisions in a realistic way, showing how even honorable politicians, career government servants, and military personnel can find themselves making morally ambiguous decisions out of a sense of self-preservation.

#doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2mo
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Bessie Smith | JACKIE. KAY
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Such an interesting woman and career. Bessie Smith was Empress of the Blues, a highly successful blueswoman of the early 20th century. I listened to a lot of her recordings while reading. So powerful. The author is Scotland‘s national poet. A fan of Smith since childhood, the book was as much a love letter to her idol as it was a biography. That we have so few resources on Smith‘s life is a tragedy. Nothing to give us her thoughts about her life.

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Tagging my favorite book read this month. A bit scattershot on the bingo board for October!

The more I think about The Paradox Hotel, the more favorable I am towards it. The Abrams and Oluo books were great to read in tandem and I am going to do my best to make sure my action doesn't end with just reading them. They both offer really practical suggestions for participating in ending systemic racism in the U.S.

#bookspinbingo

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Oluo‘s delivery is forthright and factual, conversational and blunt. She does justice to her readers, especially her white readers of whom I am one, by not mincing words, by her willingness to explain, to share her personal experiences. I think I will find conversations where race comes up easier to engage in. Grateful for this new perspective and hopeful it bears fruit as I live my life.

#doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 3mo
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I am on board the Stacey Abrams train. She so clearly lays out the threats to American democracy. And she lays out the solution to neutralizing those threats too. If only all our public leaders were so competent. #hope #audiobook #fairfight

Leftcoastzen I need to get to this one. I really admire her . 3mo
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The New York Stories of Henry James | Colm Toibin, Henry James
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#bookspinbingo for November assembled!

#bookspin
#doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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It's Winter! | Linda Glaser
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Signed up for my first #wintergames2021. See @Clwojick and @StayCurious for details and the sign up link.

Looking forward to the fun with all of you!

Clwojick Thank you for sharing, and glad to have to with us! ❤️🎄🌟 3mo
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Charming. High expectations and it did not disappoint. #audiobook narrator was good but would have been helped by 1-2 others given the number of characters and need for variety of voices. Disappointed that he chose to go with a countrified “hick” accent for the fellow who held prejudices against those different from him. Using that accent played into a stereotype when not stereotyping was a major message of the story.

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Like a Love Story | Abdi Nazemian
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Fair to good. The author‘s note at the end was better than the book. 2nd book I have read from Nazemian and my second lukewarm response. I like the characters and want to connect with them but never quite click. Enjoyable enough though, well researched and mostly believable.

#queer